The Happiest Trend of Summer Is Here


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When you boil it all down, fashion is forever tied to feeling. What you put on in the morning can offer a boost of confidence, just as your new sneakers can excite your Hypebae BFF. Well, there is good news for those of us looking for an added dose of happiness this summer, as we've found just the trend. Eye-catching rainbow stripes have started cropping up everywhere, and not to get cheesy on you, but it's hard not to smile when you see someone pull them off. While the advent of Pride Month makes the trend especially pertinent this June, it's poised to be a top pick for much longer.

Color has been a core story across the trend spectrum this year—neons, power clashing, pastels—this year is the one to push ROY-G-BIV boundaries, especially if it's something you've shied away from before. But if you're worried about coming off as childish, we'd assert that this is a trend for every age.

Truthfully, the key is leaning into the full-on saturation. Pair the stripes with other colorful pieces or with something white so they pop. Part of the fun of rocking rainbow stripes is the fact that they're carefree. As it turns out, there really isn't a wrong way to wear rainbow stripes because hey, it's all about what makes you happy. Full stop.


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If you're still not quite committed to going for rainbow stripes head-to-toe, this quirky bag is a great intro piece.


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Further proof that there's no such thing as too much color. Bonus points for an outfit that goes all-out from head to toe.


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The trend doesn't just apply to everyday outfit picks, as striped swimsuits are a great way to make a splash for summer.


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For a more subtle take, look for smaller or abstracted stripes instead of full-on blocking.


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A striped top paired with trendy layers is a cool way to make the trend work for anyone whose style tends to be a little more subdued.

Aemilia Madden